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U.S. urges Sudan to pay compensations before to remove it from terror list


January 14, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - United States Tuesday has urged Sudan to pay financial compensations to family members of people killed or injured in terrorist attacks before to remove the impoverished country from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism (SST).

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Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale

Sudanese Foreign Minister Asma Abdallah who is currently in Washington discussed with U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale, the awaited Sudan’s removal from the terror blacklist.

Following the meeting, US State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said that the meeting reviewed "the need for Sudan to meet all relevant policy and statutory criteria for rescission" of Sudan’s SST designation.

"The Under Secretary underscored that compensation for the victims of terrorism remains a priority for the U.S. government," Ortagus stressed.

After his return from Washington on 8 December 2019, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok said that compensation for victims of terror attacks was the only outstanding issue in the ongoing negotiations with Washington on removing Sudan from the terror list.

"The last pending issue is the agreement on compensation for the victims of terrorist attacks," he said before to point that ultimately the issue remains a state responsibility.

He added the negotiations focus on two issues first the amount of the compensation which should be reasonable for the impoverished country, the second is to protect Sudan from future lawsuits.

On Monday 13 January, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Sudan’s appeal to avoid paying $3.8 billion in damages to family members of people killed or injured in al Qaeda’s bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

Next February, the Supreme Court is expected to hear another appeal by Sudan to avoid about $ 4.3 billion in punitive damages awarded to the plaintiffs.

Ortagus further said Hale underscored "unwavering U.S. support" for the democratic transition in Sudan, highlighted the importance of establishing the Transitional Legislative Council and discussed progress in peace talks between Sudan and armed groups.


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  • 15 January 2020 10:36, by Fathi

    LOL compensation of 3.8 and 4.3 billion in "compensation"?? I think the word is extortion not compensation. Hamdok shouldn’t even agree to pay 3.8 billion in worthless Sudanese Pounds.

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    • 15 January 2020 10:39, by Fathi

      I would like to remind the state department that the Sudanese people did not elect Bashir, he came to power via military coup and rigged elections ever since. Secondly, the terrorists who carried out the attacks weren’t even Sudanese.

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      • 15 January 2020 10:42, by Fathi

        If the US punished the countries that provide environments where terrorist ideology originates, there wouldn’t be terrorist for Bashir to harbor.

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        • 15 January 2020 10:52, by Fathi

          Bashir has killed millions of Sudanese people, ordered multiple genocides, carried out corrupt economic policies which likely killed millions more, stole billions, and had a political policy which led to our country being divided into 2. Sudanese people risked their lives taking out the terrorist dictator. Now the US wants to continue collectively punishing Sudan.

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          • 15 January 2020 10:56, by Fathi

            Hamdok should continue prioritizing peace and reassess the situation in November, following US elections. Hopefully there will be a reasonable president and US officials in office by then.

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  • 15 January 2020 11:09, by Fathi

    Don’t forget the 1998 US act of terror, the bombing of Al Shifa pharmaceutical factory. Al Shifa was Sudan’s biggest pharmaceutical factory, which provided 60% of Sudan’s meds. The pervert president, Bill Clinton, ordered the attacks (in Sudan & Afghanistan) to distract the public from recently emerging Monica Lewinsky Scandal.

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    • 15 January 2020 11:13, by Fathi

      James Astill, from the Guardian, reported that Al-Shifa was the only pharmaceutical factory in Sudan producing "TB drugs — for more than 100,000 patients, at about £1 a month. Costlier imported versions are not an option for most of them — or for their husbands, wives and children, who will have been infected since."

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      • 15 January 2020 11:14, by Fathi

        He continued, "Al-Shifa was also the only factory making veterinary drugs in this vast, mostly pastoralist, country. Its specialty was drugs to kill the parasites which pass from herds to herders, one of Sudan’s principal causes of infant mortality. Since the bombing, “people have gone back to doing without"

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        • 15 January 2020 11:19, by Fathi

          Germany’s ambassador to Sudan at the time said the bombing of Al-Shifa likely resulted in thousands of deaths. Jonathan Belke, Boston Globe reporter, said Al-Shifa "produced 90 percent of Sudan’s major pharmaceutical products. Sanctions against Sudan make it impossible to import adequate amounts of medicines required to cover the serious gap left by the plant’s destruction."

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          • 15 January 2020 11:20, by Fathi

            He continued, "Thus, tens of thousands of people — many of them children — have suffered and died from malaria, tuberculosis, and other treatable diseases."

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            • 15 January 2020 11:26, by Fathi

              The ELECTED president of the US, who didn’t come to power via military coup, said Sudan was producing chemical weapons for Osama bin Laden. The totalitarian government of Sudan rejected accusations made by the suspected pedophile president (given his links to Epstein) and demanded a UN chemical weapons investigation.

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              • 15 January 2020 11:32, by Fathi

                The horny Bill Clinton, refused to allow the UN investigation, because he knew what result would reveal. That led to Human Rights Watch writing an open letter criticizing Bill Clinton. The suspected white supremacist & US Secretary of State, Madeleine K. Albright, "encouraged State Department intelligence analysts to kill a report being drafted that said the bombing was not justified" per NYT.

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                • 15 January 2020 11:34, by Fathi

                  Al-Shifa’s owners sued in US federal court (historically racist) in an attempt to receive compensation for the destruction, but the court dismissed their suit, reasoning that “the enemy target of military force” has no right to compensation for “the destruction of property designated by the President as enemy war-making property.”

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                  • 15 January 2020 11:41, by Fathi

                    As Nathan J. Robertson said, "once again that Clinton’s strategic calculus rarely gives any real weight to black people’s lives...The interests of the anonymous Africans who stood to bear the consequences were given no consideration at all." I would say that the US has extended this racist foreign policy to encompass most, if not all, muslim majority and African nations.

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                    • 15 January 2020 11:45, by Fathi

                      If the US courts aren’t biased, let’s see if they’ll allow Sudan to sue for billions for the acts of terror committed by the perverted elected president. I should note that the indirect deaths caused by Clinton far outnumber those from 1998 Al-Qaeda bombings in Kenya & Tanzania.

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  • 15 January 2020 11:56, by Fathi

    Sudan has taken several steps toward improving relations with US. The US policy toward Sudan indicates that it is contemplating on whether or not it should consider taking a single step toward improving relations with Sudan or instead wait for Sudan to reach it.

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    • 15 January 2020 12:00, by Fathi

      Sudan should consider bypassing the BS by normalizing relations with Israel instead. Afterall, almost all these dictators in region are doing it, whether openly or behind closed doors.

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